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PJ's Perspective: Getzlaff named Park volleyball coach, Paul Mork retires, and more

Diana Getzlaff, a Park High School graduate of 2005, has been hired as the new volleyball coach at her former high school. She takes over for R.T. Luczak, who resigned from the position this winter. Luczak was the head coach at Park for the past three seasons, and this past year co-coached with Jon Hackbarth.

“R.T. did a good job continuing to develop our program,” said Park Activities Director Phil Kuemmel. “I appreciate all that he and Jon have done for Park athletics.”

After graduating from Park, Getzlaff played volleyball at Maryville College in Tennessee. She has coached at both the club and high school levels in both Tennessee and Minnesota. Getzlaff served as the junior varsity coach at Park this past fall and currently coaches for the Kokoro Volleyball Club.

“We are excited to have a high caliber candidate like Ms. Getzlaff come in and work to improve the program,” Kuemmel said. “She was a tremendous student-athlete at Park, and will bring that same level of dedication, hard work, and commitment to her coaching.”

The Park High School Volleyball Booster Club will host a meet-and-greet potluck to introduce Getzlaff at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the Park High School cafeteria. Volleyball players, grades 7-12 next fall, and their parents are invited to attend. For more information please email

Former Woodbury High School soccer star Eric Miller was selected fifth overall by the Montreal Impact at the 2014 Major League Soccer SuperDraft in Philadelphia on Thursday. The pick was acquired by Montreal from FC Dallas in a draft-day trade.

The 2011 Woodbury grad and current junior at Creighton University was named Mr. Soccer following the 2010-11 season as Minnesota’s top boys high school player and recently was on the U.S. Men’s National Under-20 World Cup team that competed in Turkey.

For Creighton, Miller played every minute of the 2013 season and was named to the Great Lakes All-Region second team. This year, the defender and midfielder one of four college soccer players in the United States to be offered a Generation Adidas Contract, which is specifically designed to help move the best collegiate players directly to the MLS.

Woodbury graduate Kassey Kallman was drafted fifth overall by FC Kansas City in the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Draft on Friday in Philadelphia.

Kallman was instrumental in leading Florida State University to three straight College Cup appearances (2011, 2012, 2013), two ACC titles (2011, 2013), a conference regular season championship in 2012 and a berth in the national title game this past season.

Kallman finished her Seminole career with 94 starts in four seasons tallying 27 points on 10 goals and seven assists. A three-time all-conference honoree, she was named to the All-ACC first team for the second year in a row in 2013. This past fall, Kallman was named a finalist for the Honda Award and Senior CLASS Award, a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, ACC Defensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player of the ACC Tournament. She also became the program’s first two-time Academic All-American earning second team honors for the second year in a row.

Paul Mork is retiring as the head coach of the New Life Academy football team. Mork has coached football for 55 years, the last five at New Life. Mork also coached girls basketball at NLA for two years previously.

“He has been a tremendous blessing as our first and only head coach,” NLA Activities Director Curt Wetsel said.

New Life Academy junior softball player Malorie Giere has verbally committed to play Division I softball at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. Giere, a catcher and team captain last year for NLA, is planning to sign her National Letter of Intent next fall.

The Minnesota United professional soccer team, which will call the expanded Bielenberg Sports Center its training facility next year, announced its 18-game 2014 fall schedule. Minnesota kicks off its North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall campaign on the road July 12 against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers followed by its Fall home opener at the National Sports Center Stadium in Blaine on July 17 against the Carolina RailHawks during the Schwan’s USA CUP.

2014 marks the second consecutive year that the NASL has implemented a split season format with the Spring Season winner earning the right to host Soccer Bowl and take on the Fall Season winner. Woodbury natives Brent and Brian Kallman play for the Minnesota United.

The team is now accepting $50 deposits for 2014 season tickets.

“We are very excited to now have the full 2014 schedule in front of us,” said club president Nick Rogers. “It’s great for our fans to know all the home dates to plan their soccer weekends. We are looking forward to some really great matchups at home, so mark your calendars now.”

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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